On Wednesday, Congress decided to increase the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by $45 billion more than what President Biden requested. The increased amount was agreed on by both the House and Senate Armed Services committees, but the final details of the NDAA have not been finalized yet. After the increase, the total NDAA will be $847 billion. With the addition of programs outside of what the committees have jurisdiction over, the final NDAA will come to $858 billion.
This is not the first time that Congress has thought that Biden's military budget was sub-par. Last year Biden requested $753 billion, but the finalized NDAA came to roughly $778 billion.
The 2023 NDAA has been agreed to by chairs of both committees and sent to congressional leadership before hopefully going to the House floor for a vote next week. Once approved there, it would go before the Senate before being passed to Biden for signing.
As concerns grow surrounding China's involvement with Taiwan, lawmakers have been trying to add amendments to the NDAA that would allow Taiwan to receive unparalleled military aid, but which amendments have made it into the spending bill is still unclear.
According to The Washington Post, one plan would provide $3 billion to Taiwan annually for a minimum of 5 years. The White House does not have to ensure that any aid for Taiwan is included in the military budget as it can request at a later date that Congress authorize the aid as emergency funds which is how all of the aid spending packages for Ukraine have been approved.